How Does Hypnotherapy Work and Can it Heal You?

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Guest Post: This post is written by Hubert Dwight and contain his personal opinions/experience of Hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy is a scientifically-acknowledged discipline that can be used by itself or in combination with other types of therapies to help patients achieve their goals. It is highly effective with anxiety disorders, phobias and traumas. Various kinds of addictions like smoking, drinking and even kleptomania can also be cured effectively with the help of hypnotherapy, though results may differ from person to person.

Mostly people opt for hypnotherapy to tackle different types of phobias, as well as marital and work-related issues. But it is recommended only if you have an open mind about it. Often people approach hypnotherapy as a last resort due to lack of awareness.

There are several options for hypnotherapy courses with Australian-based centres offering hypnosis courses at reasonable rates.

How it works

Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind. The brain operates on four measurable frequency cycles: Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta. Theta is the subconscious part where all emotional experiences are recorded, while Alpha is where dreaming and daydreaming take place. Beta is the conscious region for reasoning and daily activities.

When we sleep, the brain automatically cycles down from Beta to Alpha and hypnosis takes advantage of this natural phenomenon. But hypnotherapy causes the brain to cycle down into Alpha without going to sleep. The subconscious mind is open to suggestive input, and unlike the conscious mind, it doesn’t think and responds to what it is told. Suggestions are then made into real behaviour changes by the mind.

Hypnotherapy goes into stored memories in the brain. It’s like accessing your database in the brain and making changes at that level. Most people go into a naturally occurring state of trance without realising it, while reading a book or watching an interesting movie. Therapists teach self-hypnosis to people with chronic painful conditions or those with anxiety disorders, an area where hypnosis is highly effective. It helps people calm down, whether before a meeting or an interview.

Session lessons

In the first session, the therapist will usually give you an introduction to the therapy and also tell you about other available options for treatment, like cognitive therapy or medication, as well as find out about your background, the problems you face and other issues that may be related.

Once the proper session begins, the therapist helps you relax. This could be by talking to you in a particular manner, by storytelling, by asking you to focus on something particular, by using a mental image that’s soothing or even by chanting mantras. You are guided to a hypnotic state using whatever you are comfortable with.

When you achieve a state of true relaxation, the therapist uses different techniques to address the subconscious and find the root of the problem. Suggestion therapy, visualisation, age regression and neuro-linguistic programming are commonly used. Depending on your personality and the depth of your problem, a session can last between 10 minutes to half an hour. Once you are brought out of hypnosis, you may or may not be able to recall what went on.

Effectiveness in different medical conditions

Hypnotherapy can even work well for pain control. It has been used during labour and works very effectively. Apart from this, hypnotherapy proves its efficiency in various other medical conditions like asthma, painful arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. It could also be used on people who are grossly overweight to help them lose their appetite.

Approved by the American and British Medical Associations, hypnosis is scientifically researched and can even be seen on a brain scan. From solving marital problems to curing phobias, addictions and chronic pains, hypnotherapy has proved its effectiveness in many cases.

Author Bio: Hubert studied hypnotherapy for two years and now he is working with one of the reputed hypnotherapy clinics in Australia. In his leisure time, Hubert writes about his experiences and also guides other aspirants regarding hypnotherapy courses in Adelaide and other cities.

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